You too could look like Jim Mcneill, leader of Ice Warrior Expedition February - April 2007. Image courtesy of Ice Warrior. (click to enlarge)
Wanted: Arctic Explorers - no experience required

Posted: Sep 06, 2005 03:41 pm EDT
Tired of watching other polar explorers get all the glory? Then this could be your lucky break (uh, we mean opportunity)!

Jim McNeill intends to train 23 novices that will have the chance to take part in a world record attempt at reaching the Arctic Pole, due to start in February 2006.

Arctic explorer launches hunt for new volunteers to make polar history

A UK-wide call for volunteers to undergo intensive and comprehensive Arctic training using the wording of Sir Ernest Shackleton's advertisement of 1912 has been issued by seasoned explorer, Jim McNeill. Heres his ad:

In Shackeltons words

"Ice Warrior Expedition February - April 2007.

Men and women wanted for hazardous journey, no small wages,
self-funding, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success"

Founder of the 'Ice Warrior' Project - which trains complete novices, making them into experienced and accomplished polar travelers - Jim is looking for new volunteers to join the project for a "serious polar expedition" in the Arctic season of 2007.

Candidates can expect to face temperatures of minus fifty degrees Celsius, polar bears, frost bite and treacherous sea-ice conditions.

Shhh, its a secret

The exact nature of the expedition is being kept a secret at present but will be on a par with the other record breaking Ice Warrior expeditions.

Selection process

The process of selection involves putting candidates through numerous tasks in adverse conditions and seeing how they perform individually and as a team. Having been selected for the Ice Warrior Squad, the next six months will involve a minimum of 6 weekends technical training in the UK, a week of ski and survival training in Norway and 3 weeks comprehensive training in the High Arctic of Canada. The final team selected to go on the expedition will also be involved in conducting a series of environmental and scientific experiments and to research survival techniques in extreme conditions.

Its mental

"What Ice Warrior demonstrates is that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things given the right attitude and the right training and preparation," said expedition leader, Jim McNeill. "There will be a lot of pressure to succeed but that comes from within and from being part of the team. You do not have to be super fit either. I always point out that success is based on 70% mental work and 30% physical effort. - one of the hardest things is the feeling of loneliness. Days of trekking in sub-zero conditions and tough terrain can play tricks on your mind."

No restrictions, bring a will to succeed

"Having said all of that, there are not many people who can say they've even been to the Arctic let alone been a part of a world first. This is really the chance of a lifetime and there are no restrictions in age (assuming they are adults), sex or occupation in terms of who can apply. All they do need is grit, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to work in a team and the will to succeed."

Visit the website to apply

Anyone interested in applying for a place on the Ice warrior team should visit the Ice Warrior website (link is on the left). Funding for the expedition is being accomplished through sponsorship.

In 2004 a team of six men and women novices, including a company director, an IT professional, a lifestyle coach and a behavioral science student successfully conquered the Geomagnetic North Pole in a 28 days expedition covering 300 miles. Jim McNeill hopes to become the first person to reach all four North Poles.

The Geomagnetic North Pole is situated on the Darling Peninsula of Ellesmere Island. Because the earths magnetic poles are constantly in motion, this position is only approximate.

Depending upon who you ask or consult, there are up to 4 Poles in the northern hemisphere. Heres a breakdown:

Geographic North Pole this is the most common reference to the North Pole, and lies at 90 degrees North, the absolute most northern geographical point on our planet. All longitudinal lines converge at the geographic poles (North and South).

Magnetic North Pole this is the center of the earths northern magnetic pole, located approximately 82.7° North and 114.4° West (as of 2005), near the edge of northwestern Canada. The pole moves daily, up to 80km in an elliptical path. Currently this pole moves about 25 miles a year, through the edge of Canada, near Alaska.

Geo Magnetic North Pole from; The North Geomagnetic Pole marks the area where the magnetic pole would lie if the earth had a magnetic bar running through its exact center. The instruments of satellites far out in space "see" the pole at a spot slightly different from its real location. Scientists who work with satellite information use the geomagnetic North Pole in their calculations.

Arctic Pole Jim Mcneill defines the Arctic Pole as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean. To other explorers, this point is more commonly known as the Pole of Inaccessibility.